About Us

Our Association has one primary purpose – to host this meeting

We have no dues, no newsletters, no membership requirements. If you are a member of your state VMA in one of the New England states, you are automatically a member of the New England Veterinary Medical Association. 

NEVMA Mission Statement

To provide outstanding continuing professional development for the veterinary healthcare community by:    

  1. Hosting and organizing an annual conference 
  2. Facilitating a leadership conference to advance communication among the northeast veterinary community
  3. Contributing financially to State Veterinary Medical Associations in New England and the Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England (VSTONE) 

NEVMA Board

Our Officers are appointed, one per state, by the six New England state veterinary associations. The Board's mission is to plan the program and oversee the management of this annual meeting.  

President: Richard Armstrong, DVM (VT) is a partner at Hinesburg Veterinary Associates, a 2-hospital small animal practice in northwestern Vermont. He received his DVM from the University of Georgia, graduating in 1995. Dr. Armstrong and his wife Kristin, also a veterinarian, live in Hinesburg, Vermont with a multitude of dogs and cats. He enjoys playing drums in a band and cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs football team when he’s not practicing veterinary medicine.    

President- Elect:  David Stowe, DVM (NH) is Chief of Staff of Fisherville Animal Hospital in Concord, New Hampshire. A graduate of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts, Dr. Stowe is a Past President of the NHVMA. He currently serves on the NH Board of Veterinary Medicine and on the Advisory Board of the NH Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and is an AVMA Alternate Delegate. When not involved in veterinary medicine, he spends his time with his children and sailing, hiking, and rowing.     

Treasurer: Michele Consiglio, DVM (RI) is chief of staff at West Shore Animal Clinic in Warwick, Rhode Island. She received her DVM from St. Georges University in 2004 and performed a clinical rotation at Louisiana State University. Dr. Consiglio is a Director of the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association, a member of the Rhode Island Board of Licensure and was named Rhode Island Veterinarian of the Year in 2013. She spends her spare time with friends and family which includes three black cats and a Boston Terrier.      

1st Vice President: Mary Labato, DVM (MA) is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She received her DVM from Tufts in 1983. She is a Past President of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association and is the 2014 recipient of the Massachusetts VMA Distinguished Service Award. Mary and her husband Paul share their home with two Bernese Mountain dogs and two cats.  

2nd Vice President:  Kristine Hoyt, DVM (ME) owns Cats on Call, a feline-only practice in Scarborough, Maine. She received her DVM from the University of Wisconsin in 1990. She initially trained to work with zoo animals, before completing an internship in small animal surgery and medicine. In the summer of 2010, she traveled to Botswana, where she worked in the bush, tracking leopards for the purpose of placing radio collars. She lives at Higgins Beach with her daughter, three cats, and one dog who thinks she is a cat.      

3rd Vice President:  Edward Grace, DVM (CT) is a partner at Bolton Veterinary Hospital, a 23 doctor small animal and emergency referral hospital in Bolton Connecticut.   He is a 1988 graduate of Purdue.  Dr. Grace lives in Coventry Connecticut with his wife Susan, son Adam, and their dog Daisy.   Dr. Grace has served on several town committees, the CVMA board, and was for 16 years the Cross Country coach for Coventry High School.   When not working his interests include running, cycling, nordic skiing, and piano. 

Immediate Past President: Robert H. Belden, DVM (CT) is a 1993 graduate of Ross University and has owned New Milford Animal Hospital in Connecticut since 1997; one of his ancestors in fact arrived in New Milford in 1734. Dr. Belden, his wife, and their daughter live in Woodbury when they are not attending family events related to their 27 nieces and nephews. Dr. Belden is a Past President of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association and is the current Assistant Governor for Rotary District 7890.